The simulation starts with a gray background and easy to see menus. You’ll first want to start with the records link and make yourself a record so you can track your progress. Then go into options where the usual stuff is located: game settings, language, graphics, sounds, realism, and your controls. I always set everything on high, and then work from there. I was able to play on high with a 20 to 25 fps average, but moved the distance view down to 75% for a nice balance and great detail with an average FPS of 35 to 40.
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You have offline missions, which is eSims way of saying single player, and network sessions, which is their way of saying multiplayer. You have up to 8 connections via LAN or Internet. But don’t even go there unless you’re a hardcore SB player and played the first mission a number of times. You’ll want to spend most of your orientation time in the excellent tutorials. They have tutorials for all the main and major systems like the Leopard’s (1A5, 2A4, and 2A5), and the M1A1, M2A2, and M3A3. There you will learn how to drive, command, and gun. You’ll also learn how to use artillery and other types of support. Then after you go through the tutorials a couple of times, you may be ready for some offline action. But not just yet. First you need to go to the tank range where you fire on stationary and moving targets to get your score. This score is used to set the level of your friendly AI units. Now, you can go into the offline missions. If after getting tired of those missions and the network missions, then you also get a map editor and a mission editor. Both are done fantastically. You can make your own, or share with others by downloading them into your “My Scenarios” folder.